Magazine article America in WWII

The Telegram

Magazine article America in WWII

The Telegram

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WE HAD LONG AGO told members of our family not to ring our front doorbell. Uncle Joe was still somewhere in Europe, and he had named my mother as his next of kin to be notified if anything happened to him. Twice, the Department of War rang our doorbell to tell us that Joe had been wounded. Each time Freda, my mother, died a little in her heart, first thinking the two officers were there to tell her that Ray, my brother, was either wounded or dead.

It was Sunday at lunchtime when the front doorbell rang one day in January 1945. The three of us--my mother, my father, and I--just sat there frozen in our chairs. The bell continued to ring and the three of us went to the front hall stairs. I went down to answer the door. I think I was the only one who could move.

I opened the front door and a man handed me an envelope saying "Telegram for Levine. …

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